SOMERSET LEVELS 228 – SEATS OF THE FAITHFUL (MONO)
June 23, 2015 10 Comments
Here I’m doing something I almost never do, which is using a 50mm prime lens. Because it is (more or less) equivalent to the viewing angle of the human eye (on full frame cameras), it used to be known as a standard lens and was sold as such on all new 35mm camera bodies. But the ways in which I “see” the world, that is the ways in which I make images from what I see around me, really shy away from this focal length.
At the wide angle end of things on full frame, I’m happier with 21mm or less, even 24mm doesn’t seem quite low enough – and I can remember the days when 24mm was considered quite radical and hard to handle – how times have changed! Telephotowise, I’m anywhere above 100mm – but especially at 300mm which, with 6x magnification, really seems to be how I view most things with image potential. And 105mm must also get a mention – its wonderful for portraits.
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D800 with 50mm Nikkor; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Dramatic preset.